Yes, it was worth the listening time, which was about 90 minutes. My expectations for short story collections are very low. If there are 12-15 stories in the collection and I find two or three good stories, I'm happy. Doesn't mean I don't wish they were all good. I wish they were, but I have never yet found such a collection that has more than two or three, out of the whole, that is of any interest to me. Nelson DeMille's story was excellent and I will listen to it again. Lee Child's story held my attention, but I will probably never listen to it again.
Now....was it worth the price? NO....a resounding NO. It should have sold for less than ten bucks. It certainly was not worth one entire credit.
I have been reading all my life with my eyeballs. I have now made the discovery and transition to audio reading and never ever even bother to open a print book. I am not sure why this question is asked. There is only one answer. Yes, this book and every book.
Let me reframe the question. What do the actors bring to a Broadway play that you would not experience if you just read the screenplay? Michael Kramer gave a performance based on a print book. He performed every word, every sentence and every syllable, acting several different parts, including a woman who was the primary character and he performed it flawlessly. Michael Kramer is the reason I bought the book. I know the kind of performance he delivers from other books I have heard him read. He did his same flawless work here.
Yes. I was riveted. Fortunately, it is a short book (written in 1958). I listened in every spare moment.
I recommend it. It is a fascinating read. Park Avenue Tramp.
This was a good story. Drew me in immediately, The only problem is that Harvey, the main character, is pompous, conceited and demanding, so much so that I began to tire of his ways. Harvey is British and a substantial part of the book deals with his relationships with two attorneys, one in NYC and the other in NC, and even the one in NYC is originally from NC. David Franklin does a superb job with the southern accent, the best I have ever encountered. The primary female character is also from NC gentry, and Franklin does extremely well with her voice and accent as well. Things get a little rough when three more southerners are added to the mix, requiring him to perform and differentiate between six characters from the South, each with a different version of the accent. However, had the narration not been as good as it was, I doubt I would have listened to the whole book. Harvey, also done, of course, by Franklin (British accent) was a bit of a pill in his personal relationships.
On the whole, however, I recommend it.
Rosenberg has crafted a riveting legal thriller with dozens of twists and turns with no clue as to how all issues might be resolved. It drew me in from the first sentence. I was in the last twelve minutes of the book before I saw how all the issues could be drawn together perfectly, along with several surprises that I had not guessed. The three main characters are attorneys in a megafirm in LA.
The narrator, Christopher Lane, is a story unto himself. Stunningly excellent performance. He has an amazing voice. Quite deep and smooth, and yet he performs several females, one of whom is one of the three main characters, so you hear a lot from her. I never perceived the female voices as coming from a man. He performed 8 secondary characters who had big parts, all in separately distinguishable voices. I never thought they sounded alike at all.
It was fairly entertaining. I read the whole book, with a bit of skipping. But I liked it enough to finish it. And I have no qualms about closing a book that does not hold my interest.
Hiaasen is Hiaasen. I read several of his books in the late 90's and got kind of tired of him. I thought the audible rendition might be better and it was...a bit. I will probably not read anymore of Hiaasen's work.
George Wilson did an excellent job.
I would not have read it through if it were not worth the time in entertainment value.
An absolutely outstanding read. Could not put it down. Written in the first person by Molly Bloom. Personal tales in the first person can often be boring. Not this one. She started as a petrified admin asst to a brutal boss, but she recognized every opportunity and took advantage of it. Developed fantastic street smarts, built a poker game among the richest of the rich and most famous Hollywood A-Listers. Smart, aggressive, and master of handling these very big names and personalities, not a few of whom were/are card carrying sociopaths.
Campbell is an excellent narrator. Would love to hear more by her. One small idiosyncrasy. She consistently pronounces the short "a" sound as though it were "ah". So "fascinating" becomes "fahsinating". Sounds a little snooty and definitely incorrect. I noticed it more and more as the book progressed. I would certainly enjoy hearing her perform again though.
Another author. I should have known better. I have read a number of Koontz novels in the past. But that was before I became a fan of audiobooks. Reading him in print, I used to skip vast portions of his syllabic gushing. Koontz, unfortunately, does not know the meaning of "efficient and concise use of the English language". I have just read one-third of this book and we have just covered the automobile accident and the airlift to the hospital. And I have skipped through, at the very least, one-third of that. He probably has a wonderful ending, but I cannot endure the trip with Koontz.
Hanson and Cowan both did a fabulous job. Of the two, I preferred Carol Cowan. She has a marvelous voice. Michael Hanson gets a bit too involved in enunciating Koontz with dramatic flare. Whereas, Carol Cowan tones Koontz down, Michael Hanson seems to add to Koontz's grammatical circus. I think he would be great with another author.
I read Sweepers about ten years ago, followed by several other Deutermann books. Now that I am an audiobook fan, I went back to Sweepers because the plot has remained fresh in my mind over the years, and I wanted to hear Dick Hill read it. Great story, very believable. Love the way Deutermann, with a Navy career behind him, talks about the machinations of military protocol so knowledgeably. The sweeper is an erie character.
In my opinion, this is Deutermann's best, but that may be because it just appeals me. I was in Vietnam, so I could really identify with the whole situation involving the sweeper (not that I did anything like that). I have enjoyed his other books that I have read also, and just finished Zero Option on audio, which is also excellent.
The authors' writing skills, or lack thereof. The authors deluged the reader with incessant detail. It was like reading a police report, in which every detail must be recorded. Every word, every expression, every breath were recorded and passed off as authorship. It got very boring very quickly.
It will not be true crime. Probably a mystery.
Actually the narrators were pretty good. However, I will note that narrators should be careful what they narrate.
Frustration at the authors. The description of the book sounded very good and could have been good. The story is interesting. It is the inept telling of the story that makes it sound banal.
I am thankful for Audible's generous policy on returns.
This is the second time that I listened to it. The first time was about 8 years ago. Really a good read. Major suspenseful twist that I never saw coming the first time. One of the reasons I reread it was because I kept thinking about that twist and I wanted to listen again to how it was developed.
The big twist mentioned above.
Charles. The story was told from his perspective. Gregory Harrison is an excellent narrator. Did a fabulous job.
Yeah....I also saw the movie about ten years ago. Guess I really like the story. Oh...Jennifer Aniston starred as Lucinda, so I was seeing her as I listened to the book. Made it even better. I think it is one of her best movies.
Cunning sociopathic murderer
Yes...I could not put it down. It is a very tightly woven, detailed murder mystery with a huge surprise that took me completely by surprise, so much so that I had to stop reading and work through what I had just read to figure out what had happened. The vocabulary is wonderful and specifically descriptive. I will read it again.
This is the first Hantman performance for me, but my next selection will be a performance by him. His voice is perfect. He performs female voices every bit as well as he does male voices. His pacing is perfect. His voice is a pleasure to hear.
Set, and written, in the 1950's, it was a welcome return to the days of my adolescence. I really enjoyed that aspect of it.
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